Established in late 2015, the R5 program is a key pillar of our Customer Racing department, whose role it is to enhance Hyundai’s global motorsport image. Utilising all the technology and expertise gained from competing in the WRC, Customer Racing shows Hyundai’s sporting and high-performance credentials to new fans around the world.
The R5 category itself was introduced in 2012 by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), motorsport’s governing body, intended to become the second tier of world rallying. It has become one of the most competitive categories of world motorsport, hosting cars built by many of the world’s more prominent manufacturers.
Accommodating privateer teams, the category offers affordability through strict cost-capping of cars and components, while producing a high performance rally car that is at home on the stages.
In line with the class regulations, our four-wheel drive New Generation i20 R5 weighs 1,230kg and is equipped with a 1.6 litre, turbo charged engine, fitted to a 32mm air restrictor and a five-speed sequential gearbox.